Canada’s continued economic prosperity relies on the successful diversification of its markets, which requires a comprehensive strategy to improve trade ties with the Asia-Pacific, given the Canadian government’s argument that strong economic growth has made that region a key priority. The authors of this Jr. Fellows policy brief conclude that Canada can strengthen its relationship with the Asia-Pacific through its humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR). Over the past three decades, the Asia-Pacific region has experienced the sharpest rise in the frequency and impact of natural disasters, exposing people and assets to increased risks, making HADR a key security matter in the region. To improve its economic and diplomatic standing in the Asia-Pacific, Canada should adopt a “whole-of-crisis” approach to HADR. This entails Canada supporting information sharing on past disasters to build up regional inventory, Canadian experts leveraging their experience to assist Southeast Asian countries, and leveraging its e-navigation development and implementation experience.
Disasters and Dividends: An Asia-Pacific Strategy for Canada
CIGI Jr. Fellows Policy Brief No. 17